I started this painting on the afternoon of January 6th, while unbeknownst to me violence was unfolding in the U.S. Capitol. I “finished” it the next morning, moving it out of a much uglier stage. Although I’m not sure I’ve moved it far enough out of “ugliness,” I also know it’s good to sit with it all, that the truth of a moment doesn’t always appear beautiful in the ways we’ve known. And also, that ugliness and beauty are mostly ideas and relative to their context. Art is not always visually appealing; movement doesn’t always feel good. My paintings don’t usually name themselves when they aren’t finished, but this one did, so maybe it is.
the color palette is unlike your usual palette. that’s my first observation. and so it seems to be coming from a different place in your heart or at least is the confluence of a different set of factors. perhaps the violence of the past days emerges in the amaranthine smokiness in the upper left surrounding the sky. the presence of a patch of clear sky in otherwise emotionally grief-filled tones suggests hopefulness to me. anyway, i really like the painting and thanks for sharing.
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I always appreciate your thoughtful comments. And, of course, I’m happy you like the painting 💚